Surf Educators International NSW School Program 2010

The below SEI programs already exist throughout most NSW coastal regions as well as regional tours during term 2 and 3. They are tailored to provide for students from kindergarten through to year 12, and are non selective - catering for all students regardless of their swimming and physical ability.

SEI has received funding for 2014 and 2015 from the NSW government as part of the Water safety Black Spots Fund.

This funding has enabled SEI to deliver programs to rural schools and schools in lower socioeconomical areas within around around Sydney. These schools are target demographic to reduce drowning

To see if your school is eligable please contact us on 02 99077650. View program videos


  • 1 Hour Powerpoint Presentation Learning
  • Coastal Geography, Environment & Marine Life
  • Surf Zones - Dangerous and Safe Areas
  • Rips - identification and easy escape methods (survival)
  • Waves - negotiating and returning to the beach safely


  • 4hr Surf Education & Practical Activity Program Learning
  • Surf education in-house or on location
  • Rip identification and survival by demonstration
  • Still water assessment and basic survival skills
  • Paddling a foam surfboard and catching waves
  • Surf negotiation and body surfing
  • Rip escape on foam surfboards (advanced course)


  • 6 Hr Program
  • Surf Education
  • Still Water Skills Evaluation
  • Surf Survival and Self Rescue Skills
  • Rip Identification
  • Basic First Aid
  • Basic Rescue in Moderate Surf Conditions
  • Perform Basic Surf Manoeuvres in Controlled Conditions

* Completing this course will qualify students to progress onto surfing as a school sport


  • 1hr 30 weekly programs over a full term
  • Surf skills & surf education
  • Surfing

Surf Educators International N.S.W School program 2010


  • Surf Educate Australia (commendation award NSW Water Safety Council 2009)
  • Bondi Rescue (award winning TV show)
  • Coffs Harbour Council
  • Lifeguarding Services Australia
  • Lets Go Surfing (Bondi & Byron Bay)
  • The Australian Professional Ocean lifeguard Association (APOLA) - a provider of programs in conjunction with local councils
  • Ken Holloway (SEA Sth coast)

Beach Venues Current

  • Sydney: Manly, Dee Why, Collaroy, Bondi, Maroubra, Cronulla
  • Wollongong: Sandon Point Beach, North Wollongong Beach, Shellharbour
  • Coffs Harbour: Park Beach
  • Tweed Coast: Byron Bay, Ballina
  • South Coast: Broulee, tathra, Pambula


SEA programs comply with the NSW Department of Education and Training PH/H/PE, HSIE, and Geography Syllabus' on the following outcomes:

  • K-6 PD/H/PE - decision making, moving, problem solving, active lifestyles, games & sport, personal health choices and safe living.
  • K-6 HSIE - environments
  • 7-10 PD/H/PE - movement skills & performance, individual & community health, lifelong physical activity, and skills that enhance learning in physical activity.
  • 7-10 Geography - knowledge and understanding about how people and communities modify, and are affected by the environment, global environments (coast and geomorphic process), geographic issues affecting Australian geography, and oceanography.
  • SEA Programs also fulfil requirements for the 7-10 Science Syllabus, as well as Preliminary & HSC PD/H/PE - geography, senior science, and the DET endorsed marine studies course.

Outcomes for the Community

  • Approximate current participant numbers per annum - 80,000
  • Approximate participant numbers per annum with Government funding - 800,000
  • Broad program reach
  • Vital self survival messages and skills instilled in children's lives and retained for a lifetime - Including:
    • Identifying rips and sandbanks
    • Escape and survive from a rip in the simplest form
    • The importance of "learn to float" as the most sustainable way to survive in any aquatic environment
  • Greater awareness for our youth of their personal health and fitness
  • Motivation and team cohesion lacking in a wide variety of Australian children
  • Employment opportunity for specialised educators within lifeguard services, swimming teaching and surf lifesaving